Launched in 1981 by the Haryana Tourism, Surajkund Mela is a unique fair showcasing India’s folk arts and rich crafts tradition from all regions of India. The largest crafts fair in the world, the novelty of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela lies in the fact that one Indian state is selected as the Theme State each year, along with a country being selected as a partner nation. Uzbekistan was the Partner Nation for the Year 2020 and Himachal Pradesh was selected as the Theme State in the 35th Edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela.
USTTAD SCHEME ( Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) under the Ministry of Minority Affairs, aims to preserve the heritage of traditional arts and crafts of minority communities, build capacity of the traditional artisans and establish linkages of traditional skills with the global market.
The USTTAD Scheme organises handicraft exhibitions across the country to provide a platform for traditional crafts. Known as the Hunar Haat (Skill Market), the fair witnesses great footfall every year. The Lucknow Hunar Haat witnessed a footfall of over 29 lakhs in its 2021 edition.